What Your Facebook Posts Say About You
Posted on October 11, 2013
Craving attention? Determined to show everyone how great life is? Or just plain old lonely?
Well, chances are your Facebook posts are a blatant reflection of these less-than-subtle motivations.
This tongue-in-cheek analysis featured on Wait But Why chronicles all those love to hate statuses that pop up on our newsfeed only to have us reaching for the block button.
The most deadly of Facebook sins? Blatant image crafting, narcissism and attention seeking.
But the underlying take-home message can be found in the author’s use of this simple Venn diagram:
This stellar piece of advice is the secret to not driving people crazy on Facebook. And the lesson ties in with the fundamentals of good content creation: content is there to serve the reader.
Your Facebook posts should offer something to your followers, a tip, tool or well-thought-out perspective. Don’t feel like you have to keep things strictly business either, a personal lesson learnt or touching story serves the same purpose.
Your Facebook posts should not seek to force a rambling, self-indulgent commentary on a group of unsuspecting bystanders (we all know how well that works for the average street preacher).
And this holds true not just for your blog or professional social media accounts, you should treat your personal followers to the same courtesy. After all, social media is all about give and take, you can’t keep taking from your friends and followers without giving something back.
So before you hit Post, check to see if your message is really Facebook friendly:
- Is it entirely self-serving?
- Are you looking for validation or fishing for compliments?
- Do you want to make others envious?
- Are you trying to present an overly polished version of yourself?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, that’s totally cool! We all need a little personal pick-me-up now and again.
But go ahead and phone a friend or send that overdue email because a public Facebook broadcast may not be the best medium for this particular nugget of thought.